Easy French or Italian Bread

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READY IN: 3hrs 35mins
Recipe by newmama

this recipe is so simple and you can shape the bread however you like. i use whole wheat flour for half sometimes and all purpose or bread flour for the rest.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. proof yeast with sugar in water until foamy.
  2. combine water with 4 cups flour, mix and let sit 15 minutes.
  3. in a mixer with a dough hook add in flour by the cup until it reaches a smooth consistency and forms a ball that pulls away from the bowl, should be about 3 more cups (7 total).
  4. knead by hand or in mixer until smooth and elastic, about 5-10 in a mixer.
  5. rise until double, about an hour. punch down, rise another hour.
  6. divide into pieces and form loaves (either 3 italian shape or about 5 long french loaves).
  7. rise one last time, 30-45 minutes, slash tops with a sharp knife and bake at 400 for about 30 minutes until the loaves sound hollow.

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